James Patterson, in full James Brendan Patterson, Jr., is an American author, principally known for his thriller and suspense novels, whose prolific output and business savvy made him a ubiquitous presence on best-seller lists in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. By the early 1990s, Patterson had modified his approach to writing fiction, adopting a style characterized by unadorned prose, bite-sized chapters, and fast-paced streamlined plots. With more than 305 million copies of his 148 books in print, Patterson has the distinction of having been the top-selling fiction writer of the 2000s, according to Nielsen BookScan. He holds a Guinness World Record for being the first author to sell more than one million e-books. In Cross, Michael Sean Sullivan, also known as "The Butcher" waltzes into a local social club in Baltimore with his buddy Jimmy Hats and cuts up a guy just to send a message. Along the way, Sullivan also rapes then murders a young college girl named Mary Ann. The story soon shifts back to Cross who picks up his beloved wife Maria one day and she is struck by a snipers bullet. Cross rushes her to the hospital where she dies. Afterwards, Cross leaves the FBI and moves his family out of the house, all of them grieving for Maria, the case haunting Cross forever. You can listen online to free English audiobook “Cross” by James Patterson on our website. Enjoy it!